Age: 10 years young
Weight: 65 lbs
Hello, I am Memo! I am fresh from all my recent medical updates and my foster mom has a lot of information about me to share below.
Daily Routine: Memo is very predictable and easy to manage. He sleeps a lot and enjoys lounging about the house most of the day. He does tend to gravitate to where the people are in the house and has virtually no anxiety about new people. He tends to eat breakfast a bit later as he is not all that interested in eating when we wake up early. He likes to move into his day gradually. He has some mid morning energy which is a great time for him to get his exercise. We have another dog, so Memo will run around with her or he likes to go for walks.
What I love to do: Memo loves to cuddle next to humans, loves to eat and loves to go for hikes. We were surprised at the level of energy he had in going for hikes as he can do about a 2.5 mile hike and still want to keep walking. When I put my hiking shoes on, he starts to bark and look to get in the car. When we have guests over, Memo likes to lay down with all of the humans. Although he likes to be pet, he will usually fall asleep while humans visit. He likes to be with people but is not demanding at all of their attention. Just likes to hang out.
Personal goals: Memo could benefit from learning some tricks and basic commands like sit and lay down. He is quite compliant though, and listens very well to requests. He is food driven so basic training should be easy. We are working with him on some of those basics.
Memo walks over to humans or whines a bit if he needs to go outside. He has had two accidents in the house when we were not around. This was likely from him being in a new house and not knowing what to do. It is very clear that he was house trained and he has done a great job informing us. He also does not need to go out often as he may go over 8 hours without going outside at night and he just waits until someone is ready to take him out (mostly he sleeps while he waits).
Favorite thing to do with my best friend: Memo does reasonably well with our other dog, River. River is a Newfoundland so has the patience of a saint and is very large. Memo does not tolerate younger dogs that want a lot of his attention. He is indifferent to dogs his age and would rather smell things and search out new scents than play with other dogs. He did go to the dog park and did fine. I would suggest the large breed dog parks though.
Favorite things are definitely going for a hike and sleeping next to humans. He is now starting to get excited about the mailman and the UPS man as River has taught him how to listen for the trucks and bark through the windows. Memo is not a big barker but when he is hungry and he knows his meal is on the way, he will bark with excitement. Barking has not been a problem at all though.
Kind of family I want: Memo does great in our very busy household with a lot of kids and activity. He would also do great in a quiet household. Really, the only thing I would suggest we avoid are puppies, hyper dogs and other animals that will want a lot of Memo's attention. He enjoys parallel play with other animals.
Biggest fears: I have not seen him scared at all. Biggest fear is probably being euthanized because he is a senior........
When he arrived, he had two ear infections and I had to do repeated ear cleaning. He did not like that at all but tolerated it. I give him a lot of credit for being so good about those cleanings with his ears being so painful. He had his ears cleaned at the vet and he is doing much better!
Ideal weekend plans: Overall, Memo has a very mellow personality. He is indifferent about many things and has a mature temperament. He is patient and tolerant of many types of situations and people. Memo loves to find all of the cushy spots in the house to sleep and will wander around looking to see where to humans are when he wakes up. He likes to greet family members when they come home from work or school. He also likes going outside and loves to hike. I imagine that his humans will have to monitor the length of the hikes since he is a senior. I tended to give him a day off in between hikes. It does appear that he has some arthritis developing in his hips which I notice more after hikes. Never notice this on the hikes though as he likes to lead the way with his nose.
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